My wife has been suffering with the following symptoms since January '06. We cannot get a decent diagnosis locally, at least not one that has solved any of her problems. Please help!!
-cloudy, dark, foul-smelling urine (hurts her right side when she goes) and blood in urine. Previous urine tests reflected high content of protein and elevated white blood cells
-she doesn't urinate very often anymore (a couple of times a day normally, four times at most)
-constant abdominal pain in lower right quadrant, occasionally higher to the bottom of the rib cage
-she has to take a large dose of ibuprofen before eating, otherwise she immediately starts feeling like she will vomit when she starts eating. she does not feel increased pain when eating, but the pain killer helps her not feel nauseous when eating
-weight loss (about 25 lbs since January)
-increased abdominal pain preceding bowel movement
-tarry, black, bloody stool, followed by a headache and distorted vision which she described as seeing jagged lines
-decreased bowel movements (maybe one a day or one every two days), but lately she has been up to two a day on occasion
-bitter/metallic taste in mouth, usually after taking ibuprofen
-pain during intercourse in the lower right abdomen
-repeated urinary tract infections
-low grade fever that comes and goes often
-when she starts feeling worse she gets hot and then has a bout of nausea
-she has also had problems sleeping (getting to sleep, staying asleep). She is taking Ambien CR and wakes up multiple times each night.
-she recently had another urine test and the report was that she had keytones and high protein levels in her urine.
Her doctors have said that she has scarring on her kidneys because of an extreme UTI, and that is the cause of the abdominal pain and the recurring UTI's. They haven't offered any solutions or treatments and she has had to live with extreme pain for the last 10 months. I am also growing concerned about the amount of ibuprofen she has to take to manage the pain, she takes four, 200mg liquid-gels every 4-5 hours. I know this is harmful for kidneys and such, so I want to get this under control as soon as possible. I would greatly appreciate any thoughts about what direction we need to take to end this!!!
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